2011 USTA/ITA Men's Tennis Midwest Regional Championships
2011 Men's USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Hosted By Gustavus Adolphus College
Gustavus Captures Singles and Doubles Titles of USTA/ITA Midwest Regional
It was an all Gustavus showing on the singles and doubles championship podiums, as Amrik Donkena captured the singles crown, while he and Mya Smith-Dennis teamed up to take the doubles crown.
Amrik defeated Fabricio Moncada of Saint John's in a tight 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 three-set match to win the championship. In the doubles final, Donkena and Smith-Dennis topped Curtis Newman and Noah Sprinkel of Coe in three sets 3-6, 6-1, 10-2.
The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Small College Championships, which will take place at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama on October 13-16.
Championship Sunday Set For USTA/ITA Midwest Regional
Following another full day of tennis at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional held on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, Championship Sunday is set.
Amrik Donkena of Gustavus will take on Brian McCarthy of St. Thomas in one semifinal of the singles tournament, while Carthage's Jeff Lotz and Saint John's Fabricio Moncada will battle in the other semifinal. The semifinals will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the championship starting later at 11:30 a.m.
The doubles championship is slated for a 2:00 p.m. start as Curtis Newman and Noah Sprinkel of Coe will take on Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis of Gustavus.
Day One Of USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Complete
After a gorgeous day one of tennis on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, the round of 16 in both the singles and doubles portions of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional are set.
Four of the top eight seeds in singles play were bounced in day one. Top seeds moving on to the round of 16 in the winners bracket include Gustavus’ Amrik Donkena (#1), UW-Eau Claire’s Chris Kuna (#2), and Carthage’s Jeff Lotz (#7) and Daneric Hazelman (#8).
The doubles bracket was a different story with only one of the top eight seeds falling in the first day. Gustavus’ Brooks Stapleton and Ryan Hallsten defeated No. 7 seeded Andrew Bayliss and Andy McGlashen to advance to the round of 16.
Play will resume with tomorrow morning with singles play beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Gustavus Men's Tennis Set To Host USTA/ITA Midwest Regional This Weekend
Gustavus Adolphus College is hosting the 2011 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championship at the Swanson Indoor Tennis Center and the Brown Outdoor Courts. The Men's Division III Midwest Regional Championships will take place Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.
The USTA/ITA Men's Division III Regional Championships at Gustavus will feature 22 of the top small college tennis programs in the region. The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Small College Championships, which will take place at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama on October 13-16.
Over 145 of the top singles and doubles players in the Midwest will take part in the tournament beginning with singles matches on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. The Swanson Indoor Tennis Center, located on the west edge of the Gustavus campus, will serve as headquarters for the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships, with matches taking place at Swanson and the adjacent Brown Outdoor Courts, as well as the Gibbs Tennis Courts, which are situated just north of the Gustavus main entrance.
The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually crowns men's and women's singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA's four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College). The national champions from each division square off in the "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions (who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event, in November).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.